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Soldier's Heart

by Gary Paulsen
Charley Goddard was only 15 when he signed up to fight in the Civil War. He entered the war as a boy hoping for a great adventure. He came back as a man with a "soldier's heart." 80 pages, Ages 9-14

Item Number: 1119
Category:Shorter Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $11.50
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5Although the amount of books based on Civil War is huge, very few books have talked about the life of simple soldiers in detail in order to know how the soldiers of the Civil War felt in the war. Gary Paulsen, a gifted writer, has filled up that absence quite successfully by only one book, named Soldier's Heart. Based on the Civil War experience of a real boy, Charley, he brings the worst nightmare of the war into the pages of this book. Charley Goddard, a hard worker, soft hearted, adventure loving fifteen year old boy has never been any place except his birthplace, Winona, Minnesota. When the war begins, the superficial images of the parade, uniform, pretty girls, excite him and lead him to join in the Union army. He lied about his age, since men under eighteen weren't allowed to go to fight. But the harsh reality becomes clear when he gets in the war. He hasn't even thought about how terrible the war could be in reality. In his first battle, his mind cries and prays to God, "I am not suppose to see these, GOD. No person is suppose to see these. How can you let this happen?" As the time passes, Charley changes totally. He participates in all major battles of Civil War and finally gets wounded in the battle of Gettysburg. Gary Paulsen shows how a man's choice or mind changes when he participates in a war and uses Charley, as an example. Paulsen's tiny details about battlefields help one realize how horrible the Civil War's battles were. He also lets the reader feel the way characters of the book have felt.

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